Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Monday 26 September 2022

Art in the Shed – the Wivenhoe Art Trail

Art in the Shed

Miranda Campbell, Emma Connolly, James Dodds & Shereen Rahwangi

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May

The Black Shed

Wivenhoe Bookshop

The Wivenhoe Art Trail is back!

Save the date…Friday 13th – Sunday 15th May 2022! Wivenhoe’s creative community are once again throwing their studio doors open to sharing their creative endeavours.

Not only is the trail a fantastic opportunity to purchase work direct from the artists and truly engage with their processes and inspirations but often it’s an inclusive opportunity to see art in action, in the makers’ studios and workshops, directly viewing the making process and techniques. The breadth of creativity is astonishing this year, from painters to ceramicists, collage to kinetic art, glass to textiles and much more…something to suit every art lover’s taste.

Miranda Campbell

Miranda specialises in artisan handmade leather notebooks using vegetable tanned leather from Africa, traditional bookbinding techniques and decorative beading and stitching.

Her beautiful handmade bookmarks are miniature books sewn on to ribbon with a charm and are a lovely gift for the book worm in your life.

She talks about her work here:

“As a contemporary book artist, I also create sculptural books inspired by walking meditations and the landscape – particularly, the delicate threads that bind us to each other, and shape our affinity for space and place.”

Emma Connolly

Emma’s work is inspired by the Essex and Suffolk landscape where she lives and was brought up. She talks about her work here:

“The East Anglian skyscapes, seascapes, vast horizons and rolling fields give me an ever changing colour palette to work from. I love the way the seasons change our natural surroundings constantly.

My practice is abstract with a hint of something familiar, primarily working in paint or mono screen printing techniques. Each piece I make is a one off original; capturing a time, a place or a feeling from a stolen moment.”

‘Steaming New Planks on the Scone’ by James Dodds

James Dodds 

British artist James Dodds’ paintings and prints are inspired by boats and boat building. He was born in the east coast fishing town of Brightlingsea, and trained as a shipwright in Maldon. He then studied painting at Colchester School of Art, Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. His work follows the coastal variations of the simple workboat. He is also a printmaker and has conceived, illustrated and hand-produced a series of artists books

James regularly shows his work with Messums in London, Hayletts Gallery in Maldon, and has exhibited nationally and abroad. The new stained glass window which he designed has just been installed at the church of  St.Mary the Virgin in Wivenhoe.

Shereen Rahwangi

“And isn’t it ironic? In a medium of appearance, I disappear. In an act of remembrance, I forget. Movement, colour and light are the not quite nothing, that threads itself throughout my painting.”